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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
outward visibility is excellent
the X3 earned the highest score of 'Good' for both frontal-offset and side-impact tests
the Dynamic Stability Control system in the 2007 X3 3.0si includes all of the latest safety enhancements
The 2009 BMW X3 hasn't yet been rated by the federal government in crash tests. Insurance industry tests, however, are quite good, and the abundance of safety features means that experts at TheCarConnection.com rate the X3 highly for safety.
The BMW X3 has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Fortunately, however, the 2009 BMW X3 garners a coveted Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control." Frontal and side impact tests earn the BMW X3 the highest score issued by the IIHS in crash tests, according to Edmunds.
Edmunds points out the many safety features that this BMW 2009 model possesses. Those features are: "Full-length side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, active headrests, antilock disc brakes and a stability control system." Head restraints on each of the five seats in the 2009 BMW X3 and LATCH child seat anchors are also standard, notes Cars.com. Rear side-impact airbags and front and rear parking sensors are optional. Auxiliary features include "automatic brake drying (whereby the rotors are lightly 'wiped' during wet weather conditions) [and] hill descent control," according to Edmunds.
Visibility in the 2009 BMW X3 is good overall. "Outward visibility is excellent," observes Cars.com, which says that getting a feel for the BMW X3's four corners is fairly easy.
The 2009 BMW X3 is a good pick for those prioritizing safety.